The United Rugby Championship (URC) final between the Stormers and Munster wasn’t two quasi-international teams up against each other as when Leinster played Toulouse, but there was a telling message for both the Springboks and Ireland.

After the deflation of seeing Leinster lose at the death in the previous weekend’s Championship Cup final, Munster’s epic and thoroughly deserved win will have provided a timely lift for Ireland as a rugby nation...

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